13 May 2017: Saturday, Sweet Saturday

Musings in Spring: Marcel Proust

“Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.”

Art for Spring – Part I of IV: Robert Bateman (Canadian, contemporary)

Below – “Midnight Black Wolf”

Musings in Spring: Sigmund Freud

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.”

Art for Spring – Part II of IV: Matthew Bates (American, contemporary)

Below – “Yellow Orchids”

A Poem for Today

By Ed Ochester

Crows, crows, crows, crows
then the slow flapaway over the hill
and the dead oak is naked

Art for Spring – Part III of IV: John Battenberg (American, 1931-2012)

Below – “Spectre III” (cast aluminum)

Musings in Spring: Oscar Wilde

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”

Art for Spring – Part IV of IV: Ed Baynard (American, contemporary)

Below – “Modern Still Life”

A Second Poem for Today

“The Singing”
By Patrick Phillips

I can hear her through
the thin wall, singing,
up before the sun:
two notes, a kind
of hushed half-breathing,
each time the baby
makes that little moan—

can hear her trying
not to sing, then singing
anyway, a thing so old
it might as well
be Hittite or Minoan,

and so soft no one
would ever guess
that I myself once
sang that very song:

back when my son
and then his brother
used to cry all night
or half the morning,
though nothing in all
the world was wrong.

And now how strange:
to be the man from next door,
listening, as the baby cries
then quiets, cries and quiets
each time she sings
their secret song,

that would sound the same ten
thousand years ago,
and has no
meaning but to calm.

Below – Mitra Shadfar: “Mother with Child”

Contemporary Italian Art – Angelo Basso

In the words of one writer, “Angelo Basso in the Baroque tradition of his country, has brought to contemporary figurative sculpture, and made an important contribution. Known for the rich, flowing movement of his sculptures, Basso has exhibited his work worldwide and has received many prestigious awards and commissions. His profound knowledge of the human anatomy and his mastery in creating it in bronze are evident. Angelo Basso’s idealization of the female figure projects a beautiful woman, elegant, proud and confident, yet at the same time soft and gentle, captured in magic moments of life and in the delicate grace of courtly dance.”

Below – “Leda and the Swan” (bronze); “Primavera” (bronze); “La Luna” (bronze); “Companions” (bronze); “Dancing with Waves” (bronze); “Evolution” (bronze).

Musings in Spring: William Butler Yeats

“Out-worn heart, in a time out-worn,
Come clear of the nets of wrong and right;
Laugh heart again in the gray twilight,
Sigh, heart, again in the dew of the morn.”

American Art Romare Bearden

In the words of one writer, “Romare Bearden (1912-1988) was an educator, author, theorist, and a benefactor who helped young African American artists establish their careers. In 1969 Romare Bearden founded the Cinque Gallery with Norman Lewis and Ernest Crichlow to provide a space for young minority painters and curators to display their work and gain experience in the art world. Romare Bearden also addressed the need to document the unwritten and often forgotten history of African American artists. With the help of Caroll Greene, Bearden organized the 1967 exhibition ‘The Evolution of Afro-American Artists: 1800-1950’ at the City College of New York. One hundred and fifty works by fifty-five black artists were presented in the first exhibition to offer a retrospective of African American work.”

Below – “Odysseus Leaves”; “Carolina Blue”; “Mecklenburg Autumn”; “Don Quixote” (series, drawing); “Quilting Time”; “Tropical Flowers.”

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